LG polls underway in Lagos State



Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State his Wife Ibijoke casting their vote at Word 019 Femi Okunnu/Lateef Jakande Avenue Eti Osa Ikoyi Lagos on Saturday

Elections into the 20 Areas (LGA) and 37 Local Development Areas (LCDA) of Lagos State took off on a slow start on Saturday with voters trickling in at polling centres across the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondents covering the polls report while some officials of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) arrived promptly, others got to the polling centres more than one hour after the scheduled time for the election.

NAN recalls Lagos State Government had announced restriction of movement across the state between 8a.m. and 3p.m. on Saturday to a hitch-free conduct of elections into positions of Chairmen and Councillors in all the state’s 57 and LCDAs.

Accreditation and voting began at 9. 10a.m. at Zion African School, Alaagba, Iyana-Ipajaa. Ward F 026 and 027 Polling Units in Agege, but there were few voters on ground.

A councillorship candidate for the ’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Bolaji Ogunojo, decried the lack of preparedness by LASIEC for the election.

He said this was responsible for the voter apathy being witnessed in the election.

NAN reports police and Neighbourhood Corps were present at some polling units awaiting the arrival of voters and electoral officers.

Few traders displayed their wares at the polling centres, hoping to sell to voters might eventually turn out for the poll.

Meanwhile, commercial motorcycles were seen plying the Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway in spite of the movement restriction order by the state government.(NAN)